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 Posted: Sun Jun 9th, 2019 04:16 pm
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Tad Britton
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I see one on Ebay that's white....looks like it might have been the original color...I was just curious. Thanks

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 Posted: Sun Jun 9th, 2019 05:11 pm
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Sean Campbell
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Most Emerson fans were made with a black Japan finish, but a few were made in a color called French Grey. For some reason this paint wasn’t very durable so a French Grey finish in good condition is fairly scarce. I believe those were made in the late 20s or early 30s.

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Joey Katona
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I have a 2010 and 1520 Emerson. Would those still be Japan finish?

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 Posted: Sun Jun 9th, 2019 07:42 pm
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Yes, they are japan finish, if they are original. The french grey is from 1940.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 9th, 2019 10:32 pm
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They also painted some in Ivory. They would paint fans to order if you bought enough.

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I believe some "military issue" Emerson were painted the Ivory color.  

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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 01:05 am
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This is the reason I'm asking....
Link to a WHITE Emerson

I can't tell if this is original color or not. What's the consensus?


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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 01:18 am
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Sean Campbell
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Looking at the badge I would tend to say it’s original. I know the 71666 was one of the more prominent models produced in French Grey. The black motor tag is a bit puzzling though.

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Sean Campbell
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Actually, never mind, the tag seems original too. Here’s some reading that might be helpful.
https://www.afcaforum.com/forum1/54232-2.html

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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 02:00 am
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nice! thanks, Sean!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 03:16 am
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Brick red was an option

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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 04:58 am
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Could this be an original brick red Emerson 12646?

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Brick red was an option

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Emerson made a lot of colors. Here is a page from the 1930 catalogue with 14 different colors plus black.
Some earlier catalogues also list color options.





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In reading up on Japanning it's pretty clear that it contains lead. What is also interesting is that you could get the additive in a bright red color. Adding that to Japan is likely how they made the brick red Japan.
Just a guess, but perhaps someone will come along and verify that.
Other than that, Japan is asphaltum based and that is coal black.The colors that follow are from all appearances oven baked enamels which are not nearly as durable.

Cheers,
Bill

Last edited on Mon Jun 10th, 2019 06:29 pm by William Dunlap

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 Posted: Mon Jun 10th, 2019 10:33 pm
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I had a brick red Emerson 12646.  I would swear it was original and I sold it to someone who really wanted it because of its color.  The color is identical to the color shown on the fan below.  I sold it to Chuck Brandt or Doug Wendle, I can't remember. 

Steve Stephens wrote: Could this be an original brick red Emerson 12646?

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Brick red was an option

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John Trier wrote: I had a brick red Emerson 12646.  I would swear it was original and I sold it to someone who really wanted it because of its color.  The color is identical to the color shown on the fan below.  I sold it to Chuck Brandt or Doug Wendle, I can't remember. 
 I think the fan I posted is in the AFCA gallery and did belong to Chuck or Doug.

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